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New Priority Pass lounge coming to British Airways and Gatwick’s South terminal

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As many HFP readers know, the independent airport lounge in Gatwick’s South terminal, No 1 Lounge, is a victim of its own success.

Whilst the lounge is part of Priority Pass and Lounge Club, it is often difficult to get in due to overcrowding.  No 1 has taken to asking people to pay £5 online via this page to guarantee admission.

No 1 Lounge Gatwick South

Priority Pass got around this by doing a tie-up with The Grain Store restaurant.  You can go there, spend £15 on food and drink, and ask them to send the bill to Priority Pass.

The good news is that – according to a well placed source – Aspire is currently building a lounge in Gatwick South to open this Autumn.  My guess is that this will be in the old Virgin Atlantic space, which is also the lounge that British Airways used on a temporary basis after the switch to the South Terminal (reviewed here).

This is good news for non-status British Airways passengers who like No 1 – because they will have more chance of getting in – and indeed people who don’t like No 1, because they will now have an alternative!


Getting airport lounge access for free from a credit card

How to get FREE airport lounge access via UK credit cards (November 2020)

As a reminder, here are the three options to get FREE airport lounge access via a credit or charge card:

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express comes with two free Priority Pass cards, one for you and one for a supplementary cardholder. Each card admits two so a family of four gets in free. You get access to all 1,300 lounges in the Priority Pass network – search it here

You also get access to Plaza Premium, Delta and Eurostar lounges. The card has a sign-up bonus of 30,000 points.  Our American Express Platinum review is here. You can apply here.

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold is FREE for the first year. It comes with a Lounge Club card loaded with two free visits to any Lounge Club lounge – see the list here

The Lounge Club list is slightly shorter than the Priority Pass list.  Additional visits are charged at £20.  You get two more free visits for every year you keep the card.  There is no annual fee in Year 1 and a 20,000 points sign-up bonus.  Full details are in our American Express Preferred Rewards Gold review here.

HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard

A huge bonus, but only available to HSBC Premier clients Read our full review

HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard gets you get a free LoungeKey card, allowing you access to the LoungeKey network.  Guests are charged at £20 although it may be cheaper to pay £60 for a supplementary credit card for your partner.

The card has a fee of £195 and there are strict financial requirements to become a HSBC Premier customer.  Full details are in my HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard review.

PS. You can find HfP’s UK airport lounge reviews – and we’ve been to almost all of them – indexed here.